The Garden Landscape Guide

Parc de Monceau

One of the first landscape parks to be made in Paris. It was designed for the Anglophile Duc de Chartres twenty years before the French revolution. After the revolution it became a public park in what is now a wealthy quarter of the city. The designer used Rousseau's words from La Nouvelle Héloïse in explaining the aim: 'to bring together all ages and all parts of the world in a single garden'. Many ages and parts of the world are represtented by follies: a Roman ruin, an Egyptian pyramid, a minaret, a Dutch windmill, a ruined fort and other structures inspired by China, the Middle Ages and prehistory. It was a romantic conception, made more romantic by Alphand in 1861. Parc Monceau is a descendent of Stowe and an ancestor of the modern Theme Park. The great French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869), loved the park and one can listen to his music as counterpart to its design.

Boulevard de Courcelles, Paris, France, Ile-de-France

All year. Daily. Open dawn to dusk.

Entrance free

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  • over 3 years by Anonymous 3 / 5

    Romantic, agreable garden in the heart of Paris.
  • about 5 years by bonnie poppe 5 / 5

    I love this garden for its wonderful follies and mature trees. Its in a very posh neighborhood of Paris, and there is a house museum, Nissim de Camondo, which has views over this park. Its definitely worth a visit to both.
  • over 7 years by eucities 5 / 5

    This garden is a perfect place for a romantic and relaxing stroll under the shade of wonderful green trees, with enchanting birdsong in the background. A picnic in the Monceau will certainly be an unforgettable experience. You might also bring a book and spend a day beside the small pond, enveloped by greenery and shaded by ancient ruins.

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  • over 8 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    A breath of fresh air in a busy city to repose

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